Taiwanese volunteers in Philippines, Myanmar contract dengue: CDC

2017/08/08 18:38:36
Taiwanese volunteers in Philippines, Myanmar contract dengue: CDC

Taipei, Aug. 8 (CNA) Two Taiwanese volunteer groups in the Philippines and Myanmar have been infected with dengue fever, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said Tuesday in Taipei.

The group in the Philippines was hardest hit, with five of the eight members showing symptoms of the mosquito borne disease, and three of them confirmed as being infected, Chuang said.

In the Myanmar group, three of the 14 volunteers have developed dengue fever symptoms, and one case has been confirmed, he said.

So far this year, there have been 163 cases of imported dengue fever in Taiwan, many of which originated in Vietnam, the Philippines and Myanmar over the past month, Chuang said, citing figures valid as of Aug. 7.

Director of the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Liu Ting-ping (劉定萍) said there has been a recent spike in dengue fever in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Laos and Cambodia.

Vietnam and Malaysia have each recorded around 50,000, cases, while Myanmar has reported some 10,000 cases, he said.

The CDC is advising travelers to dengue affected areas to wear light colored clothing that covers their arms and legs and to use mosquito repellent authorized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Returning travelers who experience symptoms such as fever, headache, skin rash, and joint, muscle and eye pain should seek immediate medical attention and report their travel history, the CDC said.

(By Chen Wei-ting and CNA intern William Yen)
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